Home Remedies for Yellow Toenails

Home Remedies for Yellow Toenails

Yellow toenails is not only an unsightly cosmetic concern, but a symptom of a medical condition in the body as well. This article provides some home remedies in order to manage yellow toenails.
An infection caused by fungi is known to be the most common cause of yellow toenails. Fungi produces colored pigments and those which tend to grow in nails, produce yellow-colored pigment giving one yellow toenails. However, if one is still not sure about what has exactly caused the condition, then do consult the doctor and get the necessary treatment. If one has a problem which requires medical treatment, then he/she would be prescribed certain drugs to treat the problem. However, medications and drugs can get heavy on your pockets as they tend to be expensive. So, one can try a few home remedies and see if they work in managing the condition.

How to Get Rid of Yellow Toenails?

One of the age-old home remedies for this condition has been the use of tea tree oil. It is a natural antiseptic and fungicide, thus, potent agent to fight the fungus that has caused the yellow discoloration of the nails. Mix this oil with a few drops of olive oil and treat the affected part. One may also use the tea tree oil in combination with lavender oil. This oil helps in preventing skin irritation.

This condition can be treated with the help of a paste made of baking soda and lemon juice in the morning and before bed time. It is best if one uses this method in conjunction with the tea tree oil. For instance, if one is applying the tea tree oil in the morning, then it would be better to use the paste at night.

Then comes Listerine as another home remedy. Simply let the toes get soaked in it, once in the morning and once at night. Then, dry up the feet thoroughly.

Get some juniper berries, crush them, and mix them into a bucket of warm water. Soak the feet for about 10-15 minutes. Another method that works as, toenail fungus treatment, is using a mix of oregano essential oil (antiseptic, antibacterial, antiparasitic, antiviral, analgesic, and antifungal in nature) with a teaspoon of olive oil. Use this method daily, but it is recommended not to extend its use beyond three weeks.

One must be aware of Alpha Hydroxy Acid creams. They are believed to work in managing this problem. This cream helps in taking care of the rough scaly skin around the infected toenails, which otherwise, play host to growing nail fungus. Simply lather the affected part with the cream before one retires to bed.

Apart from following all such techniques, it is equally important that one maintains a good personal hygiene. Keep the feet neat and clean. One should make sure to change the socks daily and also, whenever they get sweaty due to hot whether or exercise. As mentioned above, one should always keep their feet dry after having them soaked in certain solutions. The importance of keeping them dry is to prevent the fungus from thriving and worsening the infection. Otherwise, a moist and warm environment provides an ideal atmosphere for the growth of these microorganisms.

One should let their feet breath by opting for sandals, as often as possible. Furthermore, using a good quality foot powder also helps in preventing perspiration and thus, hastening the healing period.

Disclaimer: This Buzzle article is for informative purposes only, and should not be used as a replacement for expert medical advice.